A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this song is a satirical homage to the infamous red plastic cup that is so popular at parties and the sudsy libations that often go in it. The video shows Toby Keith and scantily clad college-age kids drunk and partying, and the lyrics also celebrate drinking.
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What's the story?
Country star Toby Keith relives the glorious, stupid, and suds-filled college days with "RED SOLO CUP," a satirical spoof/homage to the red Solo brand plastic cup that's often the star of parties and gatherings where beer is served. The video features Keith at a college party, as well as some celebrities like Larry Bird, Roger Clemens, and Ted Nugent sharing their love of the cup and beer.
Is it any good?
"Red Solo Cup" is meant to be fun and not taken too seriously, and it certainly is very catchy and entertaining. Keith vents and rhymes and relives the mindless, carefree life of a college kid. The track is sure to frequent playlists on the college party scene, but it's nothing groundbreaking or award-winning by any means. The video features Keith and college-goers (in bikinis) drinking to the point of stupor and intoxication, so although it's meant to be humourous, it's still best for older teens and up.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about tunes that celebrate drinking. Do these songs ever point out the consequences of drinking, or do they just focus on the fun aspects? What can happen when you consume too much alcohol or experiment with it while underage?
This video features some popular sports stars and celebrities drinking from the "red solo cup." What kind of message do you think it sends when celebrities are part of something that may not be appropriate for all ages?